Jan 01

SAP & 1/ST BET Presents

Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge

Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge
Join Us Thursday January 1 12:00 am

Santa Anita Park is back with our popular Charity 1/ST Handicapping Challenge!

This invitation-only contest will begin with 32 participants (comprised of trainers, owners, handicappers, media personalities and other members of the horse racing community) split into two teams that will compete head-to-head in an elimination-style tournament comprising of 5 total rounds and 31 live racing days, for the crown of Charity Champion. At the end of the contest, Santa Anita Park will donate at least $1,000 to the Winner’s Foundation and that amount will increase every time one of our participants turns their daily bankroll to over $1,000.


Two players will participate each day in a handicapping seminar that will be hosted by Jeff “Chappy” Chapman and George Ortuzar.

When: Every Tournament Day at 10:30 AM PST (full calendar for Schedule)

Where: Live online on our Santa Anita Park Live Stream Page, YouTube, and Twitter.

What: In these half-hour long seminars, the players (16 players will be representing Team Chappy and 16 players will be representing Team George O) will discuss their selections for the contest.

Missed our Live Stream? Watch all of the show replays below or on our Santa Anita Park YouTube Page!

Tournament Schedule:

See the full calendar for Schedule.

  • First Round: Friday, December 31st – Sunday, January 30th
  • Second Round: Friday, February 4th – Saturday, February 19th
  • Quarterfinals: Sunday, February 20th – Saturday, February 26th
  • Semifinals: Sunday, February 27th – Friday,  March 4th
  • Championship Round: Saturday, March 5th
Tournament Format:
  • Each player will start with a $300 mythical bankroll.
  • Each player will have to wager those funds as follows (3 races max):
    • $100 Win Bet on one horse in one race
    • $100 in Exactas in one race (can be either a straight $100 exacta or a $50 exacta box or a $50 part wheel)
    • $100 in Daily Doubles starting in one race (either straight or two $50 doubles)
  • The player with the most money at the end of each round will move on, while the other is eliminated.
  • Bankrolls do not carry over to subsequent rounds.
  • Tiebreaker will decide a winner if both players end up with the same final amount.
Donations to the Winner’s Foundation:
    • $1,000 will automatically be donated by Santa Anita Park!